- About the book
DetailsIn Eastern Ukraine, unfathomable human dramas have unfolded since 2014. Thousands died in the fighting. The homes of tens of thousands were destroyed. Many were captured and tortured, millions ousted from their homes. The lives of many were broken. Volunteers started to collect food, clothes and even weapons for the frontline. Charity organizations transferred donations to the Donets’ Basin (Donbas). Priests became chaplains for soldiers. Journalists and photographers flooded into the war-zone and sometimes became involved in the events. A Hungarian and Ukrainian journalist, Eperjesi and Kachura had the opportunity to meet and talk to many of these characters. The book provides a tableau of the emblematic figures of the war in the Donbas. It not only presents tragedies, but also human moments and noble deeds. The two journalists show how the lives of ordinary people have changed as a result of the horrors of war. They also spoke to pro-Russian militiamen and even with a Russian military officer captured in Ukraine. Shreds of War is one of the few authentic books with on-the-spot coverage, interviews, and dramatic photos documenting the war in Eastern Ukraine.
- The author
About the authorIldi Eperjesi studied Hungarian, English, American Studies, Russian and Applied Linguistics at the universities of Budapest, Miskolc and Pécs. Since 2003, she has been a producer at the foreign desk of ATV in Budapest. Her articles have appeared in, among others, 168 Óra, Hirszerző, and Hetek.
Oleksandr Kachura studied History and Ukrainian at Donets’k National University. A member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, he has been working as a war correspondent in Kramatorsk since 2014. His reports have appeared in, among others, Vostochnyi farvater, Novosti Donbasa, Piotr i Mazepa, and ICTV.
Reviews“This book documents the epoch. It is sociography which hits your heart, makes you think, and raises the question as to how long the world can put its head in the sand while millions of people live under conditions typical of disaster films in Europe.” Maria Gal, journalist, Budapest
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